Press Releases

Urban Libraries Council Celebrates Public Library Leadership >>

October 30, 2015
The Urban Libraries Council (ULC) announced the recipients of the 2015 Joey Rodger Leadership, Urban Leader and Executive Board Leadership awards at a special celebration during the 2015 ULC Leaders Partnering for Success conference in San Diego. The awards recognize transformative leadership that advances the impact and strategic role of public libraries in communities across North America. Read the full release >>


Libraries Bring Unique Assets and Expertise to 21st Century Education >>

March 3, 2015
A new Urban Libraries Council Leadership Brief highlights the vital role North America's public libraries play in meeting community education needs and urges stronger partnerships to broaden impacts and improve education outcomes from cradle through career. Partners for Education examines the 21st century education landscape and highlights the progressive work of public libraries today in meeting diverse education needs in communities. It offers seven strategies to help local officials maximize the often untapped potential of libraries as education partners. Read the full release >>


Urban Library Patrons and Communities to Benefit from E-rate Modernization >>

December 11, 2014
The Urban Libraries Council (ULC) applauds the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in their continued modernization of the E-rate fund to support the education technology needs of America. At today’s FCC meeting, the Commission voted to raise the overall cap of the program by $1.5 billion recognizing that our nation’s public libraries and schools must have additional funding to keep up with the growing need for increased Internet connectivity. Read the full release >>


ULC and NSLA Tapped to Lead Summer Learning Initiative for Libraries >>

September 23, 2014
The Urban Libraries Council (ULC), as the lead agency, has received funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to partner with the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA). Read the full release >>


ULC Recognizes Top Innovators >>

June 26, 2014
Congrats to the 2014 Top Innovators & to all libraries that submitted for this year’s Innovations Awards. Each library’s submission illustrates the ongoing transformation of public libraries to meet the 21st century needs of people and communities. Read the full release >>


Karen Glover Elected Chair of ULC Executive Board >>

June 25, 2014
ULC has elected Karen (Kari) Glover, Board member and Immediate Past President of the King County (WA) Library System Foundation, to Chair the ULC Executive Board (2014-2015). Three new board members have also joined the roster: Jill Bourne, Dr. Rhea Lawson and Mary Blankenship Pointer. Read the full release >>


ULC Members Urge E-rate Fixes to Ensure Digital Access >>

May 21, 2014
Members of the Urban Libraries Council (ULC) have called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to level the E-rate playing field to enhance public libraries’ access to funds that will help provide a digital future for all Americans. Read
the full release >>


ULC & National Coalition Celebrate Successful Launch of
the Edge Initiative for Public Libraries >>

April 17, 2014
Just three months following the national launch of the Edge Initiative, nearly 20% of public libraries have adopted this new professional tool. The Initiative was developed by a coalition of leading library and local government organizations with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and led by the Urban Libraries Council. Read the full release >>


Global Library Innovators and Leaders Gather for Next Library 2014 >>

March 6, 2014
Next Library will bring its mission of driving innovation to N. America for the 1st time in June. Throughout the world, libraries are pushing boundaries, leading & accelerating changes to support learning in the 21st century. Next Library 2014, Accelerate Learning, will reflect the rapid pace of change in today’s world as well as the reality that learning in the 21st century is a means of individual empowerment, community well-being & social change. Read the full release >>